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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Whilst I fully support the vision, my experience, as a cultural consultant, is that many cultural organisations work within echo chambers; creating, staging and producing cultural activities that reflect the tastes of those who control them. This approach leaves many from marginalised communities without cultural signposts and leads to self-exclusion from cultural activities. It seems overly simplistic to say 'it's a class thing' but in many cases, sadly, it is.

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I think the scope and ambition of these aims and actions are potentially life changing for Scottish people.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
It might be useful to carry out some preliminary work to discover what culture currently means to the people and what they would hope to learn or gain from new initiatives. Perhaps this might lead to a rethink of what culture is in the C21st

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
The comment on page 24 - ‘are communities hard to reach or is it the cultural organisations that are hard to reach?’ - really sums up one of the main problems with engagement by isolated rural communities. Isolated areas of HMD are poorly served by public transport and the cost for a family (of one parent and 2 children) travelling from, say, Methilhill to Kirkcaldy would be around £13. To a single parent family, existing on universal credit, this would represent around 7% of their weekly expenditure. Would it be possible to look at the Brazilian model of providing cultural passports, free of charge, to those living in poverty along with low cost transport to cultural centres?

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Might it be possible to initiate a scheme whereby volunteers were 'rewarded'. This should not be a financial transaction - better that they received a cultural reward (such as free tickets or classes) in return for x number of volunteer hours.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
Jupiter Artland offers free admission to schools or community groups and is fund-raising to provide a transportation for visiting groups. They balance their charitable remit perfectly with paid-for classes and events. To my mind they embody the model of cultural activity made accessible to all. It's basically the Robin Hood approach!

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Whatever it takes!

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
People from Lochee and Whitfield visiting the V&A. Cultural organisations going out into communities. People across the whole of Scotland thinking and talking about what culture is and what it could be.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
It's hard to picture what methodology might be used and how benchmarking will be established. It's vital to assess impact, of course, but there's no clear process described in the consultation document, out with equalities and regulatory impacts.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
A Scottish Cultural Strategy is long overdue and the proposals in the consultation show ambition and inclusiveness. The onus must be on cultural service providers to deliver the Governments aims without excuses or statistical jiggery pokery.

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
Giving a voice to people living in material deprivation and REALLY listening to what they have to say will start a process of empowerment. Bourdieu highlighted the accrued benefits of Embodied Cultural Capital. The processes set out in this consultation have the potential to initiate an ongoing, two way, conversation which will allow people who might not otherwise have access to culture the chance to broaden their horizons and acquire a uniquely Scottish understanding of Cultural Capital.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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